The extremely successful Burnby Lane dig has scooped a prestigious accolade at the Current Archaeology Awards.
The very important dig claimed the magazine’s Rescue Project of the Year award thanks to the public voting for the fantastic operation at the Iron Age excavation.
Current Archaeology is the UK’s leading archaeology magazine, and the award was announced by TV personality and archaeologist Julian Richards during the Current Archaeology Live! annual conference, held at the University of London’s Senate House.
The award was presented to MAP Archaeological Practice Ltd’s director Paula Ware at the awards ceremony.
The accolade recognises the outstanding work by MAP after the dig on the David Wilson Homes site revealed an Iron Age square barrow.
David Wilson Homes worked closely with MAP, the Pocklington Heritage Partnership, and other local organisations to ensure the finds were cared for and preserved.
Remarkably, the shallow grave contained the immaculately preserved remains of a chariot, its owner, as well as two ponies artfully arranged alongside the chariot.
The site turned up many other firsts, including the first burial in Britain of a male buried on top of his shield.
After accepting the award, Paula Ware said: “This is just amazing, we feel incredibly proud to have won. Thank you so much to everyone who voted for us.
“We would also like to thank David Wilson Homes for their support with this important archaeological discovery.”
Peter Morris, development director at Barratt Developments Yorkshire East, said: “We’re so pleased that MAP Archaeological Practice has won this well-deserved award, and we’re thrilled that we can help to put Pocklington on the historical map as well as celebrate the fascinating heritage of the local area.”
Phil Gilbank, Chair of the Pocklington Heritage Partnership, said:“We’re thrilled that the archaeological excavation has won such a prestigious award.
“The discovery is great both for Yorkshire and the UK as a whole, and we’re delighted that the team’s hard work has been recognised.”